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Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone density and loss of bone tissue. This colored scanning electron micrograph shows a reduction in overall bone mass and an increase in bone porosity, making it more brittle and likely to fracture. It commonly affects the elderly and post-menopausal women, who experience a decrease in levels of the hormone estrogen. It may also develop following injury or infection.

Osteoporosis Diagnosis, Prevention & Treatment

Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million Americans, and another 40 million are at risk for the bone disorder. One in two women and one in four men age 50 years and older will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, with estimated health-care costs totaling approximately $14 billion each year. These numbers are expected to increase…

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